NIMBY Safety Upgrades

$3,123 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 15 months
Michael Snook
on behalf of NIMBY LLC
NIMBY is a DIY, Maker, and industrial arts space in East Oakland. One thing’s for sure, NIMBY is a different kind of space, full of stuff, like a carefully curated library of the strange and esoteric. It is real and, yes, it gets dirty, because sometimes experimenting and creating means getting dirty. It is difficult to stay clean when you’re struggling through the creative process. This is the place where people come to execute the ideas after they’ve said: “Imagine if…” or “What if I…”  
At NIMBY, the part you need or skill you are lacking can often be found with the person next to you. People need a space to create, to use their hands, and to learn new skills. NIMBY provides a space where people can transform everyday objects into epic works of art, where people can explore their passion, and where people can stop spectating and start participating.
Art spaces in the Bay Area may be disappearing, but after 13 years, NIMBY aims to keep thriving.

Summer is our busiest time of year, especially as we get ever closer to Burning Man, and our tenants will be using the newly redesigned and expanded wood working area to accomplish their goals and will need fork lifts to move their materials and larger projects.

We have secured dust collecting systems for different areas of the wood working area, but as happens when you’re on a budget, they didn’t come with all the parts to assemble. In addition, we will need to add some electrical conduit to bring power to the new equipment. Your funds will allow us to get a much safer, cleaner and efficient woodshop in operation.

One of the assets of NIMBY is our outdoor yard for art cars, tiny homes, and large art pieces. Sometimes we need to move these larger projects around the space. Projects, art pieces, equipment need to be loaded in and out for Burning Man and other events. This requires fork lifts to be well maintained and kept in good repair to ensure that this work can be done safely and efficiently.

We strive to do our own repairs and maintenance around the warehouse, and while NIMBY has many talented volunteers that can do incredible work, at times we need to hire professionals to work on the 10,000 lb (or more) forklift that can cause real damage if it breaks down at the wrong moment.

Like the old song goes, we need a little help from our friends. Your assistance will have a real, positive benefit to the community of artists at NIMBY.
The dust collection isn’t just about cleanliness; it’s also about air quality and the overall health of our artists and makers. Addressing the needs of our forklifts BEFORE they break down, gives everyone access to reliable equipment.
These improvements allow NIMBY to better serve our community, and allow them to focus on what they do best: creating amazing art, hacking into hardware, building strange, new things, innovating housing, and bringing all of it to the world outside the warehouse whether in Oakland, at Burning Man, or around the world.
Thank You for your support
The NIMBY crew
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I haven't kept a very accurate record of the work completed as we were running so hard just to stay moving. We replace two tires on the big Clark as well as a battery. (On the smaller Toyota we replaced the
batter and repaired a tire. The tire guy gave the tires on the Toyota a thumbs up so we did not replace them. I have purchased the strobe lights for the fork lifts. Both have been broken for awhile. We do have deaf tenants that we love very much so the strobes are important. We still need to address the brakes on two lifts. The smaller scissor lift is still waiting to be repaired but has four new batteries. Many of the electrical issues have been addressed as well as better lighting. We have started the painful task of trading out some of the beloved but probably dangerous machines. We can't save them all and too many people don't have the experience working with quirky machines. Next on the list is to repair the mast cylinders on the Toyota. As well as duct work for dust collection. I know there's more that we have done but that's all I can recall at the moment. Much of this is part of the day to day repair needed simply to stay running. The donated funds go to safety up grads when we can implement them. Thank you for your support.
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We are just now catching up after a mad build season. We have nearly a full house and with a couple of very generous tool donations. We are looking better than ever. The Landlord put in a new fire alarm system through out the entire building. We lost the tiny machine shop but gained all the machines and then some. We should have all that old steel up and running by spring. It is our intent to hold off on any special events until we get caught up on repair, maintenance and up grades. Or should I say leaks, brakes, lights and ventilation. We never could have done all this with out everyone on board. Thank you and please consider helping up pass our ask and we will keep righting the wrongs.
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Wow, we have been so busy I haven't made many posts. To date we have repaired three tires on two for lifts. Almost finished replacing the controls on the small scissor lift. We really need your help to get the 1967 Clark's clutch worked on before Burning man load out. We have also installed five more light fixtures in the wood shop. Now we can see how badly we need to install the dust collectors. Come on down and enjoy the choas as everyone is building on their dreams right now...
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After ten years of heavy service. There wasn't anywhere left that hadn't been patched twice left. She gets a new tire today.
She get one new shoe
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$3,123 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 15 months
Created March 29, 2017
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Kennita Watson
7 months ago

You never know when you or someone you care about might need something made -- and Makers need space to Make in!

john rinaldi
7 months ago

hey fix all that bullshit!!!!!

Dannford Davis
12 months ago

Keep it just safe and sane enough.

Stephane Lee
14 months ago

Thank you NIMBY for keeping awesome art + projects alive!

Molly Vikart
14 months ago

NIMBY - doin' it right. Thanks for being there.

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